The largest homeless shelter for families with children in the region held an open house Thursday celebrating the completion of five additional apartments.

For almost 30 years the Sixth Street Shelter in the 200 block of North Sixth Street in Allentown, has been helping families experiencing homelessness find a way to become self sufficient

"Prior to today we had 20 apartments available for families who are homeless and with the expansion today, we now have a total of 25 apartments," said Director Jessica Dreistadt.

The expansion is the first increase to the shelter's capacity in more than 20 years.

Each new apartment has a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living space and is completely furnished.

Families can stay for 60 days and are provided case management to help establish and reach goals.

Families will be able to move into the new apartments by the end of this month.

The shelter says the new addition will allow it to serve an additional 30 families a year.